Diet-friendly snacks that are delicious and good for you
Who wouldn’t like to stay slim while eating delicious foods? Good news; this is actually possible. All we need is some creativity in the kitchen and an open mind to try something new. And, surprise surprise, Dieting and counting calories is not necessarily the way to sustainable weight-loss! Kaya Peters, yoga teacher and weight-loss consultant for www.allroundhealthforlife.com, shares her advice.
Oat cookies Sweetened with LowgI stevia leaf and filled with goodness of wholegrains, goji berries and coconut, these wholesome treats can be enjoyed without guilt, nor weight-gain.
Popcorn Gluten-free and virtually fat-free, popcorn can actually be a welcome healthy snack on those days you just need something extra.
Per cup Fat: 0g Carbs: 6g Protein: 1g Calories: 31
Carrot juice Known as the “healing juice”, carrot juice’s sweet taste makes it a nourishing beverage snack, loaded with vitamin A and C.
Per cup Fat: 0g Carbs: 22g Protein: 2g Calories: 94
Hummus Dipping some raw or slightly cooked veggies in this wholesome bean and sesame paste can be a great way to keep snacking healthy and nourishing. Both beans and veg are high in fiber, so will keep you filled up for longer. Try dipping some carrot sticks for a great natural energy boost.
Edamame Edamame is a preparation of immature soybeans in the pod, which commonly are found in the cuisines of Japan. They are rich in dietary fiber, protein, Thiamin, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Vitamin K, Folate and Manganese and make for a great and tasty health snack.
Blueberries Packed with anti-oxidants and full of essential vitamins and polyphenols, blueberries are said to promote weight-loss, protect the heart and have rejuvenating effects on the brain. According to recent research, a daily dose of blueberries might just be the key to sustainable weight-reduction!
Per 100g Fat: 0g Carbs: 14g Protein: 0g Calories: 57
Pumpkin seeds Even though seeds have a high fat content, these “good fats” actually help to keep weight stable and make you to feel fuller for longer. A handful of roasted pumpkin seeds with some tamari soy sauce makes a great salty afternoon snack, full of protein, vitamin K, zinc and iron.
Mung bean sprouts Sprouted foods help in detoxifying the body and clearing the organs of fatty deposits. Mung bean sprouts are a great source of protein Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium, and a very good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Folate, Copper and Manganese.
Per 100g Fat: 0g Carbs: 6g Protein: 3g Calories: 30
Quinoa Lower in carbs and higher in protein than most other grains, this superfood may actually assist in weight-loss due to its slightly bitter quality.
Per cup (cooked) Fat: 4g Carbs: 39g Protein: 8g Calories: 222
Raw protein powders With their muscle building and repairing qualities, as well as stabilising effects on blood sugar levels, raw and vegan protein powders are the new hype when it comes to sustainable weight-loss. They can be delicious, too! Per scoop Fat: 0.7g Carbs: 2.75g Protein: 7.6g Calories: 47.5
Sweet potato Even though somewhat high in carbs, the sweetness of this potassium rich vegetable actually helps to reduce sugar cravings and keep blood sugar levels stable. Steam or bake for a delicious sweet snack or addition to any meal.
Per 100g Fat: 0g Carbs: 21g Protein: 2g Calories: 90
Sprouted essene bread Made from sprouted grains, this bread is high in protein and full of essential nutrients. Toast and top with some almond butter for a delicious cake or cookie replacement.
Per slice Fat: 0g Carbs: 15g Protein: 4g Calories: 80
Pumpkins Pumpkins can be used in a wide variety of snacks, soups and meals. They fill you up and satisfies your sweet tooth in an all natural and harmless way. The high fiber content of pumpkins has been proven to help you to eat less, thereby losing those excess pounds without effort.
Per 100g Fat: 0g Carbs: 5g Protein: 1g Calories: 20
Dried prunes The sweetness and high fiber content of prunes will keep you filled up for long, while nourishing your body with anti-oxidants and vitamin K. Don’t eat too much though, since dried fruits are high in sugars.
Lean protein White fish, chicken and eggs are great foods to snack on when you’re looking for something filling. Combine with your favorite veggies and add some tasty herbs or spices for a satisfying snack. Per serving Fat: 3g Carbs: 0g Protein: 27g Calories: 142
Artichokes A great and fun snack. Due to their composition, they force you to eat them slowly, leaf by leaf. They’re low in calories and fat, and high in iron, potassium and vitamin B6.